Parque Juan Carlos I

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July 1–New month, new views

Summer R&R has not yet arrived–since school ended I’ve felt even busier than when class was in session. Between perusing piso possibilities, end-of-the-year goodbyes, and wiping my apartment clean of any trace of my being, the day’s end finds me exhausted. My bags are packed–for camp and for next August. For now all of my belongings are scattered around the city, and I’ll pick ’em up when I get back in a month. In spite of hecticness and being displaced, I’m doing my best to soak up these last few days of Madrid.

 Since I had to move out of my apartment yesterday, but still have a few days in the city, friends Chelsa and Esteban offered to save me from homelessness. Today we went to a park close to their house that I’d never explored before–Parque Juan Carlos I.

 The view from this hill rewarded us with views of airplanes flying to and from Barajas

 Here’s a shot of the “cool” greenhouse

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 The weather was 25 degrees with some wind; perfect for strolling

 Many families took advantage of the wind by flying kites

The park has a few modern art sculptures, including these Stonhenge-esque fingers

 Olive trees dotted the entire park

 Crossing a bridge to another area of the park

 My hosts pause for a pic

Parque Juan Carlos is a sprawling area larger than Parque del Retiro. For shuttling ’round the grounds, you can pick up a bike or hop on an old-timey train. The Metro stop is Campo de las Naciones, and in the summer the park is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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  1. The city of Madrid needs to pay you as a tourism advocate!! 😉

  2. Hi Cassandra!
    This park seems great. A nice place to enjoy a late afternoon during Summer. I really like the last picture with those scultures like [ ]. Cool!

    Oh, and thanks for your comments on my blog.

  3. Great photos! Great tour guides! Great day! Not so great sunburn!

  4. Cassandra

    @Aiketa – Thanks! Those [ ] sculptures were really striking and made for great photos. Def my favorite pieces of modern art in the park!

    @Chelsea – Agreed, agreed, agreed, and agreed. I’m still burnt!

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